The historically Methodist Emory University in Atlanta was pleased to announce, during “Pride Month” that the online student portal would soon allow options for students to select their preferred genders to as to be inclusive to “all genders.”
“For more than 10 years, Emory students have had the option to designate their preferred name through the university’s official student information system, the Online Pathway to University Students (OPUS),” the university’s news publication shared in late June.
“Now, thanks to modifications within OPUS and a policy change effective this June, during PRIDE month, students will soon be able for the first time to designate their pronouns. Students will be able to make the change in OPUS prior to the start of the fall semester,” it announced.
“This change was really driven by Emory students and their desire to help us be a better community,” Christa Acampora, deputy provost for academic affairs, told the publication “A large group of people at Emory — including staff, administrators, faculty, and students — worked to shape the policy change and enable the systems to support its implementation. I’m truly grateful for all of those efforts.”
The change came in response to “requests from students” as well as the “university’s desire” to make the campus “more welcoming to students of all genders.”
Options available for pronouns are He/Him/His, She/Her/Hers, They/Them/Theirs, Xie/Hir/Hirs and Ze/Zir/Zirs along with a choice of “pronouns not listed” so as to enable students to enter “the correct pronoun” should it be absent from the list.
“Additionally, students can opt out of designating their pronouns altogether,” the publication also adds.
H/T Red State
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